Monday, June 16, 2008 - International Editor of the Year Award

Three brave Mexican editors recieve the "Editor of the Year" award after dying in the line of duty covering the Mexican drug wars.

Since 1975, has presented the International Editor of the Year Award to an editor or editors outside the United States whose work best exemplifies the principles of journalism.

In recognition of enterprise, courage and leadership in advancing the freedom and responsibility of the press, enhancing human rights and fostering excellence in journalism, our 2005-2006 choice honors three Mexican journalists posthumously.

Raúl Gibb Guerrero, Dolores Guadalupe García Escamilla and Alfredo Jiménez Mota gave the ultimate sacrifice in their pursuit of journalistic excellence and freedom of press. Their courage, tenacity, and dedication in covering sensitive subjects, especially drug trafficking, caused them to live in a danger zone of threats and violence, which ultimately led to their murders. They led three very separate lives, but had the love of their country and press freedom in common. - International Editor of the Year Award


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